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How to recognize sexual harassment in everyday life

Sexual harassment includes many things. Some examples of more common types of sexual harassment include:

  1. Actual or attempted rape or sexual assault.
  2. Unwanted pressure for sexual favors.
  3. Unwanted deliberate touching, leaning over, cornering, or pinching.
  4. Unwanted sexual looks or gestures.
  5. Unwanted letters, telephone calls, or materials of a sexual nature. 
  6. Unwanted pressure for dates.
  7. Unwanted sexual teasing, jokes, remarks, or questions.
  8. Referring to an adult as a girl, hunk, doll, babe, or honey.
  9. Whistling at someone.
  10. Catcalls.
  11. Sexual comments.
  12. Turning work discussions to sexual topics.
  13. Sexual innuendos or stories.
  14. Asking about sexual fantasies, preferences, or history.
  15. Personal questions about social or sexual life.
  16. Sexual comments about a person's clothing, or looks.
  17. Kissing sounds, howling and smacking lips.
  18. Telling lies or spreading rumors about a person's personal sex life.
  19. Neck massage.
  20. Touching an employee's clothing, hair, or body without consent
  21. Giving personal gifts.
  22. Hanging around a person.
  23. Hugging, kissing, patting, or stroking without consent
  24. Touching or rubbing oneself sexually around another person without consent
  25. Standing close or brushing up against a person.
  26. Looking a person up and down (elevator eyes).
  27. Staring at someone.
  28. Sexually suggestive signals.
  29. Facial expressions, winking, throwing kisses, or licking lips.
  30. Making sexual gestures with hands or through body movements.

Sexual harassment comes in different forms and can sometimes be hard to identify. You should never feel pressured to turn a blind eye to sexual harassment and accept it. 

It’s important to remember anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, or sexualized in a way you don’t like is considered sexual harassment and is not okay.

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